Humpback Whales

When family comes, we all go visit the area wildlife. Deer Harbor Charters makes sure passengers see some local critters. We’ve been out three times and had a great experience every time! The orcas get a lot of attention in this region, but there are other wildlife wonders to enjoy. […]

Guest Photographers! 2

At the recent Orcas Island Community Church BBQ and baptism, we had some help!  Here, we’d like to recognize these fine artists who contributed to the Orcas Art blog! First, we shall show you photos of the guest photographers themselves. Grant was needing a tripod, and I (Jennifer) was handy. (grin) […]

Oh, deer!

The other day, as I was headed into the garage, movement caught my eye through the window of the man door to my right. Looking through the window and the deck wires beyond, I caught a glimpse of reddish tan fur. Sure enough, one of our little island deer was […]

Flying Things

One of the big events during August is the Orcas Island Fly-In, and we attended in 2015. I have to admit, though, that what really pleases me most is when I get to see the jet fighters in our skies. I know some aren’t fond of the sound nor of their purpose, but […]

Water-loving Wildlife

Jennifer’s Review: We went whale-watching yesterday with some friends celebrating a birthday! It was our first time, and we really enjoyed it. Deer Harbor Charters is an excellent family business with knowledgeable captains and naturalists. Nate was our captain, and Trey was our funny — even humorous — naturalist guide. […]

Webcams Around Area

Because of Friday Harbor’s post on their Facebook page, this is what I found today:   Kenmore Air also links to several webcams: At the bottom, there are links to many different area cameras.

Contrasts, Part 2

In July, we enjoyed visits from family! We took ferry rides, played games while watching the scenery and sunsets through our windows, gaped at the view from Mt Constitution (the smoke had mostly cleared), climbed Turtleback Mountain, made food, beachcombed (and saw algae-camouflaged crabs), wandered Eastsound, visited Obstruction Pass State […]

Contrasts, Part 1

We’ve been enjoying visits from family the last several weeks! None had been to the islands before, so it was fun to watch them explore and experience new things. It has been warm here this summer, but they come from the HOT regions of America where triple-digit temps are part of […]

Smoke Trail

The past couple days, folks back in Nebraska have been telling us that they have smoke in the air there. Figuring it was from a prairie fire that would be snuffed out, I’d not thought much about it.  But, tonight, one Nebraska buddy wrote to say that the haze smells […]

Still Smoky

June 6, 2015 It was still smoky today. An islander friend said this is the worst he’s seen it here. When the smoke isn’t so thick that it obscures the sun, there are some interesting streaks of color produced. Steve captured several photos to share: